We've produced a guide for local authorities to help them make sure that staff carrying out social care assessments have had appropriate autism training

Autistic young woman on cover of Getting needs assessments for autistic adults right from the start: A guide for local authorities in England on training social care professionals

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There are also many resources available online, and we've included links to some of these below. If you would like to recommend any other resources to be included below, please email policy@nas.org.uk.

Sharing information resources

Local authorities tell us that it would be useful to find out what other local authorities were doing as best practice.

We've set up an online forum to bring together health and care commissioners across England, so please join and share your experiences!

Join Network Autism

Training resources

A number of resources are available online to help shape and deliver a good social care assessment for autistic adults:

Assessment of need for adults with an autism spectrum condition 
(Saeki, M and Powell, Social Care, article)

How to do a great assessment for someone who has autism 
(Skills for Care, 2015)

How social workers can improve assessments for adults with autism 
(Saeki, M, Social Care article, 2013)

I'm autistic. When you assess my needs, this is what you must know 
(Moran, P, Guardian article, 2015)

Guide for social care staff supporting adults with autism 
(Bristol Autism Spectrum Service)

CPD curriculum guide for social workers who are working with people on the autism spectrum 
(Department of Health, October, 2015)

Information from other local authorities


Support and activities for adults on the autism spectrum.

Signposting for autistic adults

Autism fact sheets

Autism Partnership Board


A number of organisations, including charities, professional, and training organisations have resources and provide training. You can contact them using the links below.

The National Autistic Society

Supporting people on the autism spectrum through social care assessments

Social care: assessments of need for autistic adults

Information for social care workers

Our training courses

Skills for Care

What is autism?

Autism skills and knowledge list

Autism awareness learning resources

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

Improving access to social care for adults with autism

Fair access to care services (FACS): prioritising eligibility for care and support

Legal context

Finally, local authorities told us that it would be useful to bring together the legal obligations that apply to training social care professionals. These are outlined in our guide for assessors, and our guides on implementing the adult autism strategy.

The Autism Act

The Autism Act (2009)

The Autism Strategy

Autism strategy overview

Think autism: fulfilling and rewarding lives, the strategy for adults with autism in England

Fulfilling and rewarding lives

The Statutory Guidance

Statutory guidance for Local Authorities and NHS organisations to support implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy

Autism Strategy, statutory guidance

The Care Act

The Care Act (2014)

The Care Act, Easy-read version (2014)

Care and support statutory guidance

Care and support statutory guidance: changes in March 2016

What is the Care Act? (www.skillsforcare.org.uk)

What is the Care Act? (www.scie.org.uk)

The Care Act: assessment and eligibility

The Equality Act

The Equality Act (2010)

Information and guidance on the Equality Act 2010  including age discrimination and public sector Equality Duty.

Definition of disability under the Equality Act 2010

Reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities or health conditions

The Mental Health Act

Mental Health Act (2007)

Key legislation – Mental Health Act (1983)